Al Poliarco was born in the Philippines. He is a graduate of the East West Healing Arts Institute Asian Bodywork and Therapeutic Massage Program in Madison. Al is also a Certified Practitioner of the Original Deepfeet Bar Therapy (also known as Ashiatsu) and trained in Ashi Thai Massage. Al practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200 - HR.
Al named his found passion for bodywork Barefoot Hands. He relates the word barefoot to being mindfully grounded and present, as he incorporates artful techniques during his practice. His practice style emphasizes a relaxed, caring and attentive attitude. Guided with his great interest in the junction of body, mind, and spirit, Al honors their connection in his massage and yoga practice. He recognizes that healing and BECOMING BALANCE comes through addressing the whole self.
Al is trained in many bodywork technique such as, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology, Aroma Therapy, Tui Na, Guasha, Cupping, Thai Massage, Ashi Thai (contemporary style Thai Massage and done on the massage table), and more.
SINAMAY is Al's signature massage, Sinamay means loosely and artfully woven in Filipino. Sinamay is inspired by Al's personal experience witnessing and receiving the famous Filipino Hilot. He blends it with his specialty in Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy and all his techniques.
Madison is home for Al. His passion to serve others budded from his involvement in social justice grassroots community organization work in the Philippines. It continued to develop for years working in the field of social services while he served adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Al values mindful living and compassion for all beings.